Your Private Water Supply
- Over one million Pennsylvania households rely on drilled wells, hand-dug wells, cisterns and even roadside springs for drinking water?
- Pennsylvania is one of the few states in the country without statewide regulations governing private well location, testing and treatment?
- Pollutants in water that can affect health often show no signs (taste, color, odor)?
- Private water systems should be tested annually for total coliform bacteria?
- Many Public Water Systems also rely on groundwater as their primary water source?
- Independent water testing by a certified laboratory can help homeowners avoid purchasing unnecessary water treatment equipment?
Your drinking water begins as rain or snow and ends at the tap in your home. With about 20,000 new wells being drilled each year and rapidly changing land use, information on proper maintenance of private water supplies becomes a necessary part of a homeowner's education.
Find listings of training sessions for owners of private water systems at http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/water/courses/home-water-and-septic-system-workshop Workshops are free, but pre-registration is required.
Penn State Water Resources
- Penn State Water Resources Drinking Water Website - Fact sheets, Links, Videos
- Water Supply and Conservation
Recovery From Flood Damage
- Penn State Flood Damage Resources - Links to information on Air and Water Quality, Basement Clean-up, Animal and Crop Resources, Financial Advice, Food Safety and more
- EPA Consumer Confidence Reports for PA public water suppliers
- EPA Private Drinking Water Wells
- EPA Table of Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants
- Master Well Owners Network - A network of trained volunteers dedicated to promoting the proper construction and maintenance of private water systems in Pennsylvania and throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.
- PA Department of Environmental Protection Bureau of Radon Protection - Find information on DEP accredited testing, contractors and more.
- PA Department of Environmental Protection My Water
- PA DEP Reporting Environmental Emergencies - Spills and other emergencies in the South-central Region should be reported immediately to DEP by telephone to 866-825-0208 (24 Hours) or by calling 1-800-541-2050.
- PA Department of Environmental Protection Well Water Information
- National Sanitation Foundation: Drinking Water
- Ground Water Industry Professional Links:
- National Groundwater Association - Find a ground water industry professional:
- Well Owner page of the National Groundwater Association
- Information on locating certified water testing, well drillers and treatment equipment
- Water Quality Association: Locate WQA water treatment professionals
- National Sanitation Foundation - Certified Products and Systems: http://www.nsf.org/certified-products-systems
- PA Department of Environmental Protection Water Testing (York District Office)
- PA DEP Accredited Drinking Water Laboratories in York and Surrounding Counties
112 Pleasant Acres Road
York, PA 17402
Phone: (717) 840-7408